Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Obama is the new Eisenhower

James Fallows set it up in his review of Obama's U.S. Military Academy speech: "Obama at West Point: I like Ike." Interesting comparison considering that Eisenhower was a fan of covert operations and today Fox News reported this headline: "U.S. Orders Covert Military Action in Mideast."

Then there's this from today's Washington Post:

Since the oil rig exploded, the White House has tried to project a posture that is unflappable and in command.
But to those tasked with keeping the president apprised of the disaster, Obama's clenched jaw is becoming an increasingly familiar sight. During one of those sessions in the Oval Office the first week after the spill, a president who rarely vents his frustration cut his aides short, according to one who was there.
"Plug the damn hole," Obama told them.
Which is reminiscent of this quote by Harry S Truman:

When contemplating General Eisenhower winning the Presidential election, Truman said, "He’ll sit here, and he’ll say, 'Do this! Do that!' And nothing will happen. Poor Ike—it won’t be a bit like the Army. He’ll find it very frustrating."
Yeah, Obama needs to go all South Side of Chicago on that oil leak. Take that!

1 comment:

Vermont Woodchuck said...

"Plug the damn hole," Obama told them.
I presume the Bamster is speaking to his golf game.

On the comparison between the Bamster and Ike, the only thing successfully covert with Obama is his golf scores.